A look at the history of: Llandegfan Football Club

PICTURE by Mike Bayly shows Llandegfan (red) taking on 2019-20 Anglesey League champions Cemaes Bay.

ANOTHER new series on the AFE blog and one that will be taking a look at the history of several clubs around North Wales.

I thought I’d start with one that’s very close to my heart and the one I’m currently manager of – Llandegfan Football Club.

Quick Club Fact-file
Established in:
1897 (unofficial)
Club colours: Black and red (currently, but has differed greatly in the past)
Home ground: Cae Parc Eurfryn Park Fields
Highest Anglesey League finish: Champions in 1937/38 and 1973/74
Highest Gwynedd League finish: 4th in 1997/98

We may have had a pretty rough time of it since re-forming in the Anglesey League in 2017, but historically speaking, the club has enjoyed many a success.

The Anglesey League was formed in 1985, but there are no official tables anywhere to be found until the 1897-98 season, in which Llandegfan played and finished fourth in a six team league, which also included Menai Bridge, Holyhead United, Holyhead Swifts, Llangefni and Amlwch.

However, the club had to wait until the 1937/38 season to officially enjoy its first taste of success. But, it was worth the wait as the club secured a league and cup double, having also gone on to win the Megan Cup, which still existed to this day until the Anglesey League came to an end this season. They then won the same cup a decade later. Within that double-winning side of 1937/38 was (as pictured below), Back row (L-R): H. Griffiths, Charles Morris, Idwal Hughes, Alun Roberts, G. Owen and W. Williams. Front row (L-R): John Trefor Roberts, Hugh Williams, Wilfred Owen, Arthur Eardley and Evan Henry Thomas.

PICTURE: Eurwyn Williams.

Although it was an awful long wait before the next bit of success came for the village club, you could say it was once again worth it as the club won the Anglesey League for a second time in 1973/74 before winning the most prestigious cup of them all on the North Wales Coast footballing scene – the NWCFA Junior Cup – in 1974/75. In fact, the team during the 70’s was the most successful of all time for the club as it won the Elias Cup twice (1975/76 and 1977/78) and the Megan Cup again (1977/78).

The Llandegfan side who won the Anglesey League in 1973/74. PICTURE: Dafydd Roberts.

The 1980’s proved to be much of the same too, as the club enjoyed further success, winning the Elias Cup and the SK Williams Challenge Shield in 1980/81, as well as the Dargie Cup in 1983/84, before winning the Elias again in 1985/86 and the Megan Cup for a fourth time in 1987/88.

Llandeg added another Dargie Cup victory to their trophy cabinet in 1992/93 before going onto spend seven seasons playing in the Gwynedd League between 1993/94 and 1999/2000. They were not promoted in the usual fashion however, having finished fifth in the Anglesey League in 1992/92 – so they must have been invited or applied to participate. The club finished as high as fourth in the Gwynedd League, before being relegated back to the Anglesey League ahead of the 1999/2000 season, after finishing bottom of the Gwynedd League twice in a row.

The club’s recorded Gwynedd League finishes were as follows:

1993/94: 6th (out of 18 teams)
1994/95: 8th (out of 15 teams)
1995/96: 11th (out of 16 teams)
1996/97: 11th (out of 13 teams)
1997/98: 4th (out of 13 teams)
1998/99: Bottom (out of 15 teams)
1999/00: Bottom (out of 15 teams)

Among one of the most famous wins in Llandegfan FC’s history was a 2-1 Barritt Cup win at Denbigh Town (year unknown), a match in which Kevin Edwards – father of Bangor City legend Sion played.

Llandegfan FC may also hold the record for the biggest known win in North Wales football, having beaten Holyhead Town Reserves 37-1 in 1972-73, a win which even surpasses Scottish side Arbroath’s 36-0 win over Bon Accord way back in 1885, which is still to this day the record win in professional football.
On the score-sheet for Llandegfan on that famous day were David Roberts (9), Bob Brodie (7), Willie John Williams (6), John Rowlands (4), Tex Humphreys (4), Robin Thomas (3), Brian Fisher (2), Phil Hadley and own goal and a penalty from Goalkeeper David Evans.

Among the most notable players to play for Llandeg over the years are the likes of Alfred Oliver, who played for Wales twice in matches against England and Scotland in 1905 and also went on to play for Blackburn Rovers. Interestingly, research shows that his son; Glyn Oliver, was an aerospace designer in the USA, where he also worked on Project Apollo moon landings. More recently though, it’s the likes of those from the 1970’s and 80’s squads, such as Robin Thomas, who are looked up to the most.

In recent years, Llandegfan has fallen on hard times, but has also (in the earlier part of the last decade) helped to produce some great players through it’s (now defunct) Llandegfan Leopards youth system. They have also had the likes of 2019 Ynys Mon squad Island Games representatives John Littlemore, Dafydd Jones, Gari Owen and Tomos Clarke on their books, as well as promising manager Jamie Davies (below), now a coach for Manchester City in China.

Since re-forming in 2017/18, the club has endured difficult times. However, they did finish on four points come the end of the 2019/20 season (their highest total since re-forming) and managed to not finish last for the first time since then too. So, there may be brighter days ahead.

Llandegfan’s recorded Anglesey League) positions over the years:
1897/98: 4th (out of 6 teams in Anglesey League)
1921/22: 4th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League)
1922/23: 5th (out of 8 teams in Anglesey League)
1923/24: 4th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League)
1929/30: 4th (out of 9 teams in Anglesey League)
1930/31: 4th (out of 6 teams in Anglesey League)
1937/38: Champions of a five team Anglesey League
1947/48: 3rd in a 12 team league in Anglesey Division Two
1948/49: 6th in a 13 team league in Anglesey Division One
1949/50: 8th in a 12 team league in Anglesey Division One
1950/51: 8th in a 12 team league in Anglesey Division One
1958/59: Bottom (out of 16 teams in Anglesey League)
1968/69: 10th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League)
1969/70: 4th (out of 12 teams in Anglesey League)
1970/71: 4th (out of 13 teams in Anglesey League)
1971/72: 4th (out of 14 teams in Anglesey League)
1972/73: 5th (out of 16 teams in Anglesey League)
1973/74: Champions of a 14 team Anglesey League
1974/75: 3rd (out of 16 teams in Anglesey League)
1975/76: Runners-up in a 16 team Anglesey League
1976/77: 4th (out of 17 teams in Anglesey League)
1977/78: 3rd (out of 9 teams in Division One)
1978/79: 3rd (out of 10 teams in Division One, which was renamed Division 2 with the Welsh League North holding the Division 1 tag)
1979/80: 6th (out of 9 teams in Division Two)
1980/81: 4th (out of 10 teams in Division Two)
1981/82: 4th (out of ten teams in Division One (which had reclaimed that name)
1982/83: 4th (out of 10 teams in Division One)
1983/84: 10th (out of 16 teams in Anglesey League)
1984/85: 6th (out of 10 teams in Division One)
1985/86: 5th (out of 10 teams in Division One)
1986/87: 3rd (out of 18 teams in Anglesey League)
1987/88: 5th (out of 10 teams in Division One)
1988/89: 7th (out of 16 teams in Anglesey League)
1989/90: 10th (out of 17 teams in Anglesey League)
1991/92: 4th (out of 14 teams in Anglesey League)
1992/93: 5th (out of 18 teams in Anglesey League)
2000/01: 7th (out of 8 teams in Anglesey League)
2001/02: 4th (out of 10 teams in Anglesey League)
2002/03: 7th (out of 8 teams in Anglesey League)
2003/04: 9th (out of 10 teams in Anglesey League)
2004/05: 10th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League)
2006/07: 9th (out of 10 teams in Anglesey League)
2007/08: 7th (out of 10 teams in Anglesey League)
2008/09: 9th (out of 10 teams in Anglesey League)
2009/10: Bottom of a 9 team Anglesey League
2010/11: 11th (out of 12 teams in Anglesey League)
2012/13: 6th (out of 13 teams in Anglesey League) as LLANDEGFAN ANTELOPE
2013/14: 5th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League) as LLADNEGFAN ANTELOPE
2017/18: Bottom of a 9 team Anglesey League
2018/19: Bottom of an 11 team Anglesey League
2019/20: 10th (out of 11 teams in Anglesey League)

Known list of honours:

Anglesey League champions (x2) – 1937/38 & 1973/74
Dargie Cup champions (x2) – 1983/84 & 1992/93
Megan Cup champions (x4) – 1937/38, 1947/48, 1977/78 & 1987/88
Elias Cup champions (x4) – 1975/76, 1977/78, 1980/81 & 1985/86
SK Williams Challenge Shield champions (x1) – 1980/81
NWCFA Junior Cup champions (x1) – 1974/75

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